Philanthropy: 40 Days for Life

One of my goals with this web site is to introduce readers to great causes where they can contribute their tithing dollars. There are plenty of charities out there, but only some that accomplish their missions while abiding by the teachings of the Church.  I hope you find this helpful!

40 Days for Life is a philanthropy that seeks to bring an end to abortion via prayer and fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach.  The organization was founded in 2004 at Texas A&M University and mobilized 1,000 people in its first campaign.  The initial campaign led to a 28 percent decline in abortions in that community, a demonstration of the group’s efforts at protecting human life.  From the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2270:

Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

It must be noted that 40 Days for Life only engages in peaceful activity, so those holding vigil can focus solely on praying for souls.  I plan on volunteering with my local 40 Days for Life chapter this fall with the intention of adopting an hour or two per week to hold vigil.  To see if a 40 Days for Life chapter is near you, check their list of locations:

To donate to 40 Days for Life, go to this URL and choose either the one-time gift link or the monthly scheduled donation link:  For more information about 40 Days for life, visit their web site:

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